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Compression socks have been around for a while now and since their invention by Conrad Jobset in the 1950s have found additional uses other than for the treatment of varicose veins. Mostly used for circulation purposes, compression socks have therefore become widely used as a practical aid for many activities and ailments since their circulation-boosting effects can help with all kinds of symptoms.
By providing a gentle and hardly noticeable pressure to your legs, compression socks or stockings work by promoting your naturally occurring circulation effects directly to your heart which can result in reduced swelling of the legs and ankles, improved lymphatic drainage, and many other issues related to the veins.
Some of the most common uses for compression socks include:
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Help with Diabetes
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The scourge of many older people, deep vein thrombosis is a debilitating vein issue that can cause death while the swelling reduction and oxygen promotion applied by compression socks make them essential for the more active individual and diabetics can be helped as they combat the circulation issues caused by the illness.
Stop the Clot
A blood clot in the veins, deep vein thrombosis can be lethal if not treated correctly and accounts for 60,000 to 100,000 deaths in the US alone. DVT commonly occurs in the legs with swelling, cramps, and redness most commonly caused by restricted blood flow to the legs following such things as surgery, trauma, or infection.
Luckily, DVT can easily be treated by blood thinners but in some cases, surgery might be required. Compression socks can also be used as a treatment but are best used as a prevention method in the first place but some compression sock side effects for DVT can include redness and irritation to the skin, so it might be best to consult a doctor or pharmacist first. These are also important when you will be traveling by air or riding in a car for long periods of time.
One of the best uses for compression socks is their ability to aid swelling and promote efficient blood flow to the heart. For this reason, they have become a popular choice of athletes and people who perform intense exercise on a regular basis. The promotion of oxygen results in quicker metabolization which in turn can result in increased endurance when playing a sport such as soccer or running.
Not only can compression socks be worn during exercise for potentially better stamina, but they are also excellent in reducing the effects of the extreme pressures placed on the legs from sports activities. Those involved in running or any intensive exercise involving the use of legs will know all too well the cramping, swelling, and pain that can come with overexertion. Compression socks have been shown to be extremely effective at reducing these symptoms.
Another practical and genuine medical use for compression socks is their ability to help with the symptoms of those who suffer from diabetes. Diabetes occurs when the body’s natural sugar levels cannot be maintained as the result of a malfunctioning pancreas and therefore diabetics must regularly check their levels and maintain them through food and insulin injections.
The highly fluctuating levels of glucose in the blood, usually too high, can lead to poor circulation over time which can damage the cardiovascular system as well as the body’s extremities including toes, legs, hands, and arms, which is why diabetic-related amputation is common. Compression socks and even gloves can help a lot when it comes to promoting circulation in the legs and arms, therefore, reducing the chances of circulation-related injury for diabetics.
Compression socks can be helpful for a lot of health reasons. I’ve worn them before on flights and also while hiking just because they feel good on my feet. Talk with you doctor or medical professional for best advice on compression socks and when to use them.
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